High-speed city centre cycling returns to Derry on Tuesday, June 9th with the third running Foyle Cycling Club’s ‘Maiden City Criterium’ which forms one leg of the SEAT Super-7 Ulster Criterium Series.
Sponsored by Total Cycling (Pennyburn), The Coffee House’ and Claude’s Restaurant, the race has proved a thrilling spectacle over the past two years and promises to be better than ever now that it is part of the ‘Super 7’ series which sees races across N. Ireland throughout the summer with the first in Newry on June 3rd and the final event run in the Titanic Quarter later in the year.
Run against the back drop of Derry’s historic, the ‘Maiden City Crit’ provides a real challenge for even the strongest of riders on a course that climbs Ship Quay Street before travelling along Ferryquay Street and weaving around by the Millennium Forum, passing between the car parks and back around by the Foyleside Roundabout before the sharp left turn back to the start.
Last year’s winner, Darnell Moore, will be back to try and retain his crown while local hopes will be with Foyle duo, Ronan McLoughlin, fresh from the An Post Ras, and Ulster Junior Champion Ryan Reilly, who recently signed for French Team, AC Bisontine.
Activities start at 7pm with a fun race from the Foyle Club’s young ‘Sprocket Rockets’ at the Guildhall, giving way to the support race at 7.30pm and the main race at 8.00pm (road closures from 6pm).
A spokesperson for Foyle C.C. also paid tribute to the generous support they have received from Derry City Council and Sustrans in organising the event.